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The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

by Mckay Jenkins

In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy...


Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself

by Peggy Shinn

Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, from the perspective of Vermonters who rebuilt their state


Managing Adaptation to Climate Risk: Beyond Fragmented Responses

by Geoff O'Brien & Phil O'Keefe

Climate change is the single largest threat to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development. Addressing climate risk is a challenge for all. This book calls for greater...


Smokejumper

by Jason A. Ramos & Julian Smith

A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes....


Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe

by Florin Diacu

Can we predict cataclysmic disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or stock market crashes? The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 claimed more than 200,000 lives. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,800 people...


The Great Deluge

by Douglas Brinkley

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On...


When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

by Michael J. Benton

"Michael Benton's splendid book brings back to Earth Science a sense of adventure. . . . It is both a wonderfully good read and a valued reference." —James Lovelock, author of Gaia and Homage to Gaia

Today...


Prepper's Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters: How to Prepare for Real-World Emergencies

by James D. Nowka

Real disasters - floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, chemical spills - occur every year. Prepper's Guide to Natural Disasters skips the hype and hysteria of less likely, apocalyptic scenarios and helps you...


Australia's Greatest Disasters

by John Miller

Australia is a land of extremes where searing heat and devastating floods can both take their toll. It is also a land of vast distances, leaving it vulnerable to calamaties at sea, by rail and in the air. AUSTRALIA'S...


The Torrent: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, January 2011

by Amanda Gearing

Based on exclusive interviews with survivors, rescuers, and with the families and friends of victims of Queensland’s catastrophic summer of 2011, this is a powerful account of human courage. Of all the stories...


Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps

by Malcolm G. Anderson

Many areas of the world are at risk from landslides and their consequences; rainfall-triggered landslides particularly affect developing countries in the tropics. Rapid urbanization and the associated growth...


The Power of the Sea

by Bruce Parker

The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning...


This Borrowed Earth

by Robert Emmet Hernan, Graham Nash & Bill Mckibben

Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose...


The White Cascade

by Gary Krist

The never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche

In February 1910,...


Fire Management in the American West

by Mark Hudson

Most journalists and academics attribute the rise of wildfires in the western United States to the USDA Forest Service's successful fire-elimination policies of the twentieth century. However, in Fire Management...


Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth

by Craig Childs

The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching...


Fire

by Sebastian Junger

Forest fires, terrorism, war: explorations of danger by the author of The Perfect Storm. For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping...


The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America

by Timothy Egan

A dramatic account of the worst forest fire in American history by the author of the best-selling and National Book Award-winning THE WORST HARD TIME. 


The Great Hurricane: 1938

by Cherie Burns

On the night of September 21,1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of any severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous color in the sky,...


Surviving Galeras

by Stanley Williams & Fen Montaigne

Through a harrowing first-person account of an eruption and its aftermath, SURVIVING GALERAS reveals the fascinating, high-risk realm of volcanology and explores the profound impact volcanoes have had on the...